The best party houses in Scotland for celebrations holiday cottages

The best party houses in Scotland for celebrations

Jemima Kirkwood 22 November 2019

We love it when groups of friends and families book large houses through us as that are exactly what they are for – getting people together for fun and laughter to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Whether you are celebrating a birthday, a wedding anniversary, New Year’s Eve or an overdue group reunion then it is worth thinking about a party house in Scotland to gather together in. The standard of Scottish accommodation these days is remarkable, and you can spend a week or long weekend in a luxury party house with all the mod cons, comfortable furnishings, wonderful surroundings and quite often spa facilities – all for a reasonable price! Add to that privacy and flexibility and you’re winning!

We have many outstanding properties for larger groups dotted all over Scotland but here are some of our holiday-home highlights which we consider to be the best large Scottish party houses for celebrations.

Pebble Beach

Sleeps 10 in Culloden, Highlands

This is a lovely property set on the shores of the Inverness Firth enjoying views over to Inverness, Kessock Bridge and the Black Isle. Lovingly refurbished with contemporary décor, this party house with a hot tub is light and airy throughout and the setting is perfect for spotting bottlenose dolphins and seals. You can have the best of both worlds here: privacy and seclusion with your own in-house entertainment but also, being 3.5 miles from Inverness, you have city entertainment at your fingertips too!

“BBQ shed was perfect and even when the weather wasn’t too good, it was a great place to sit and eat. The hot tub was great to sit and admire the views too.” August 2019

Fun features

  • Private wood-fired hot tub
  • BBQ hut with direct access to beach
  • Large living room with space for dancing
  • TV and built-in wall fire for cosy movie nights
  • Close to Inverness for bars, restaurants, night clubs and cinema

East Powbridge

Sleeps 10 in Perth, Perthshire 

Set on the edge of the pretty village of Tibbermore, this absolutely beautiful cottage makes a great holiday retreat for a family or a group of friends looking for an idyllic holiday home in Perthshire. It’s been charmingly furnished and beautifully decorated which makes it a stylish place to stay as well as being well set up for group gatherings. Although secluded, when staying here you are close to Gleneagles for golf, the River Tay for keen anglers and Perth is close by for leisure and shopping facilities.

“Great place to stay, very modern and well equipped. We were there with family and the property had everything to suit all ages.” September 2019

Fun features

  • Private enclosed garden with two seating areas
  • Snug/games room with table football and TV
  • Close to Scone Palace and many championship golf courses
  • Close to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park for outdoor pursuits
  • West Powbridge is next door sleeping 18 for extra-large group visits.


*Please note that stag/hen parties are not permitted at this house

Slade House

Sleeps 13 in Redford, Angus

Outdoor heated swimming pool, private hot tub, big games room with ping pong...what more could you want from a holiday home in Scotland? Quite often we are up against it with chilly weather, so the heated pool is the perfect solution to keep an outdoor dip manageable! Slade House is a luxurious period property which is modern and elegant inside, oozing charm and character. Sleeping 13 there is plenty of space for everyone and all of the living spaces are lovely places for everyone to spend time in together.

Slade house is perfect for family reunions and groups of friends

"Slade House is definitely the perfect place for a relaxing holiday! Such a beautiful location and an amazing place to stay! The fur kids also loved it as much as we did!" November 2020

Fun features

  • Private hot tub
  • Outdoor heated pool
  • Games room and gym
  • Cinema screen with projector in lounge
  • Beach 5 miles, pub 3 miles and shop 2 miles

Hill View Lodge

Sleeps 14 in Kingussie, Cairngorm National Park 

This is a stylish, rural party lodge well set up to welcome a large group to have a relaxing and fun stay within its walls. It is bright and spacious with large living areas and a formal dining room for celebration meals. Well equipped with on-site entertainment, you can spend lots of time at the house, but equally you are close to the Highland towns of Kingussie and Aviemore where you will find pubs, restaurants, shops and ample outdoor activity companies. Inverness isn’t far either!

“The perfect location - the views are amazing whether you are en route to play tennis, playing golf or just walking around the small estate.” October 2019

Fun features

  • Private hot tub on decked area
  • Fully-maintained nine-hole golf course and all-weather tennis court
  • Private bothy in grounds ideal for children
  • Close to Kingussie and Aviemore for pubs, cafes and outdoor activities
  • Spacious living spaces for social times and all bedrooms en-suite

Cape Cove

Sleeps 10 in Cove, Argyll and Bute

This absolutely stunning luxury house sits on its own private beach with outstanding views of Loch Long. The glorious open-plan living space creates the perfect convivial atmosphere for celebrations with friends, and the sumptuous bedrooms are sanctuaries to enjoy time apart too. The beautifully designed interior is second only to the majestic surroundings of the loch, a sight which you can also enjoy from the bubbling cedar hot tub and the undercover outdoor dining area. If you can tear yourself away from this house of dreams, you’ll find fantastic walking trails, adventures in nearby Helensburgh, and you can even charter a boat to use from your very own mooring!

“Amazing views no matter the weather, showing Scotland at its best....water and fresh air a plenty!” March 2020

Fun features

  • Cedar hot tub out on the terrace
  • Private pebble beach
  • Micro gym with exercise bike, yoga mats and weights
  • Own boat mooring, boat charter can be arranged locally
  • Walks to Linn Botanical Gardens, Kilgreggan Pier and Rosneath Peninsula

Castle Wing

Sleeps 16 in Kilmarnock, near Glasgow 

This amazing historical castle welcomes you into one of its wings, arranged over three floors, offering the ideal location from where to explore the Ayrshire coast. Enjoy every moment of your fairy-tale escape in this regal castle as you take in the traditional decoration, antique furnishings and quirky features. Located within a private 600-acre estate, you can spend leisurely mornings wandering the enchanting grounds, skimming stones at the nearby loch or tucked away in one of the cosy nooks of this ancient castle wing.

“The castle wing was ideal for our large family party - 13 adults and a toddler. It is a real castle so it felt very special, and yet homey and comfortable so we could relax and enjoy ourselves.” August 2019

Fun features

  • Games room with table football
  • Large living spaces for social times
  • Short drive/taxi ride to Glasgow for restaurants, bars and clubs
  • Troon and Turnberry golf clubs close by
  • Shops, pubs and cafés close by


*Please note that stag/hen parties are not permitted at this house nor non-family bookings of people under the age of 30.

Castle on the Loch

Sleeps 42 near Dunoon, Argyll and Bute 

With plenty of space for up to 42 guests across 19 bedrooms, this is a superb venue for a wedding, large family gathering, corporate function or reunion. The castle offers grand rooms, a fascinating and spacious interior and gorgeous loch views. Music evenings can be arranged – including classical, traditional Scottish or a ceilidh – and the castle is also registered for civil wedding ceremonies.

“This castle is a beautiful building that served our party of 14 well. The owners were very nice and helpful throughout our stay. We held a formal dinner that was catered by "Turnip the Beet" and highly recommend them for this venue.” July 2018

Fun features

  • Children’s play park in the garden
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Games room with snooker table
  • Music can be arranged – classical, traditional Scottish or a ceilidh
  • Great for outdoor pursuits like walking, cycling, forest trails, quad biking and sailing

With every bit of fun comes a sensible word…

These self-catering holiday homes are all designed for their guests to enjoy them and have fun, and the owners of course want you to feel at home. If you are looking to get away with your friends and family to celebrate a special occasion then just keep in mind the care of the property, and treat it like you would your own, or even better!

If you are looking for accommodation for your next celebration, make sure you check out our selection of large party houses in Scotland.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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